Two Fun Author Sites

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Linked In

There are two great author sites I visit; LinkedIn and www.writerschatroom.com.

LinkedIn is proving to be a valuable resource about authors for me. I am finding illustrators for my picture book “Annie’s Special Day”. I can private message them and get responses the very next day. I am emailing two now about the prospect of illustrating it. I am sure I will find one this way. There is a site I found through LinkedIn called Doodld.net that is specific to illustrators and I can look at their work right through the site, go to their profile and leave comments. I have done this for two and I hope to hear from them. Another way I have been searching is through a discussion group called Children’s’ Books.  I have left a message on there and two illustrators have contacted me. So I am on my way again since yesterday I heard from my illustrator of four weeks that he would rather write a book than illustrate one. So now I have to start from square one again.

I find LinkedIn valuable for other reasons, too. There are great discussions about marketing; from how to get on a cable TV show to how to get on the news media. That is my most popular discussion so far and I wish I had a completed PB to market although I am learning all kinds of good info for later. Another fun discussion started by Saul Weber, the same author, is about blogs. He started a discussion called “Got a blog/site, post it here.” There are so many blogs I haven’t stopped to count.  Last time I checked there were 170 entries. And they are all author sites so you know it’s by people who like to read. The wonder of it is that they are all PB authors because Saul wrote a PB and he is trying to market it. The discussion is like an author platform campaign because all the blogs are by published authors marketing their books.

My other favorite site that I have been visiting and enjoying is www.writerschatroom.com. Every Wednesday there’s a discussion relevant to writers and on Sunday there’s an interview with a published author. Wednesdays are very informative and Sundays are pure fun. The chats start at eight on Wednesdays and seven on Sundays.

I hope you visit these fun author sites and see for yourself how valuable they are. You can friend me on Linked In as Clarike Bowman-Jahn. I would love to hear from you.  Also if you have been enjoying my posts, I invite you to subscribe using the button on the left sidebar to get each post delivered into your email box. I post on Saturdays and Sundays usually about my second career as a writer.

As I say in this blog post, I have joined the writer’s campaign platform for supporting my fellow writers. I have met several wonderful writers this way and hope to meet many more.

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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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24 Responses to Two Fun Author Sites

  1. jane@flightplatformliving says:

    hi, i am from your memoir writing group. stopping by to say a first hello and let you know i am now following you in google reader. I have been writing for about 10 months (just on my blog) and adore it! i am so surprised to have found an unexpected new hobby. professionally i am a visual artist but have always used text as inspiration. i am so excited to meet all you campaigners and get to know you and your writing.do stop by the flight platform as well. am going to check out these sites now janexxxx

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Glad you stopped by, Jane. Happy to meet you. I have an embarrassing question to ask. What is a google reader? I have an idea but think I am wrong. Please explain it to me. Have you started your memoir?

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  2. What rich post,Clar! Thanks for sharing these pearls. Now I just have to work it all into my plan for minimizing social media distractions.LOL! Really, I appreciate your assessment of these sites. In the end, we all have to find our own way but it sure does help to benefit from each other’s experiences.

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    • Clar says:

      Your welcome, Kathy. I know what you mean about limiting media distractions. Seems like it’s all too easy to spend all one’s time on the internet. 🙂

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  3. Susanna says:

    I’m not familiar with writerschatroom – I’ll have to check it out – but I am also on LInkedIn, in a number of groups including the one you mentioned and SCBWI. I will look for you there!

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  4. nrhatch says:

    Glad you’re finding helpful resources, Clar.

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  5. Widdershins says:

    Sorry to hear about your illustrator, it can be very frustrating I know, but congrats on looking elsewhere for one.

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  6. Joceline says:

    excellent links, thanks for advice.

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  7. Hi Clar – Carpal tunnel has slowed me down as I try to make my rounds through the campaign trail. But I’m finally stopping around to say hello. Nice to meet you.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      I’m glad you came ’round. Hope your carpal tunnel tunnel doesn’t keep you from writing. Read some of your works on everyday fiction. Liked what you wrote. Love your imagination. Write on! Short stories rock and flash fiction is where it’s at. 🙂

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  8. Hello from the Campaign and thanks for the site recommendations – good stuff! Best to you!

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  9. I’ve never actully done anything with LinkedIn. I tend to accept friends but I’ve never explored the site so thanks for the information.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Hi Rosalind, still think tootin’ your own horn is hard? Loved your blog by the way and I’ll keep my eye out for my daughter’s jeans. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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  10. alberta ross says:

    great links -thank you – I am a member of LinkedIn but due to WIP have’t really done much – I will look you up – have just been over to the writers chat room to look see – liked the look – am trogging my way aroound the campaign at moment but I dont think we are in the same groups – all the best

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Glad to meet another LinkedIn member. Hope to meet you there. I’ll probably be at the chat tomorrow at the writer’s chat room so we might see each other there, too. Don’t have the schedule yet but if you signed up it’ll come in your email. Glad you liked the links. 🙂

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  11. pattyabr says:

    I am so in awe of your passion for writing. Keep up the good work 🙂

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  12. Kelley says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! And thanks for these new resources now too 🙂

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